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Squier Vintage Modified Precision Bass

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The most popular electric bass of all time!

The Precision Bass is considered by many to be the rock 'n' roll bass; truly a workhorse of an instrument. Squier's great Vintage Modified Precision Bass offers the stripped-down and straight-ahead tone heard on countless recordings since the dawn of rock.

Features include an agathis body, one-piece maple neck with 20-fret rosewood fingerboard, three-ply Black/White/Black pickguard, thunderous Duncan Designed split single-coil pickups, chrome hardware and machine heads, and four-saddle chrome bridge.

FEATURES
  • Agathis body
  • Maple, C-shape neck
  • Rosewood fingerboard with 9.5" radius (241 mm) and 20 medium jumbo frets
  • One Duncan Designed PB101 Split Single-Coil Pickup with Alnico 5 Magnets
  • Volume & tone controls
  • Standard 4-saddle bridge
  • Machine heads
  • Standard chrome open-gear tuners
  • 3-Ply black/white/black pickguard
  • 34" (864mm) scale length
  • Width at nut
  • 1.625" (41 mm)
  • Dot position Inlays
  • Knurled chrome dome control knobs
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SquierVintage Modified Precision Bass
 
4.7

(based on 78 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (59)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (17)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (7)
  • Good feel (7)
  • Good tone (6)
  • Good pick up (4)
  • Solid electronics (4)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Jamming (7)
  • Practicing (6)
  • Small venues (5)
  • Rock concerts (4)
  • Recording (3)
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    • Novice (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Unrivalled value for money.

If you don't have the funds for an American P-bass - buy this bass. Don't even think about a MIM bass, and certainly don't let the Squier logo on the head fool you....Read complete review

If you don't have the funds for an American P-bass - buy this bass. Don't even think about a MIM bass, and certainly don't let the Squier logo on the head fool you. If this bass disappoints you, I'll eat all my hats. And I have a lot of hats.
It's a standard P bass. With only one pickup and one tone and one volume knob, the features aren't overwhelming - but it does its job.
This is probably what surprises me most. I bought this bass knowing that it was probably the best in its price group, but it's actually more than that. Down to every detail its better than any Mexican made P bass I've tried. For about half of the price, that is nothing but amazing.
Why doesn't the review star bar go to eleven? Anyway, this is one of the best instruments I've ever bought value for money-wise.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Under Expectations

Had'nt bought a bass in ten years and needed one for the standard tuning. I picked this up at a store because tonally it sounded better than the others in the price range. After...Read complete review

Had'nt bought a bass in ten years and needed one for the standard tuning. I picked this up at a store because tonally it sounded better than the others in the price range. After about two months of owning, the neck troubled me to no end. Fret buzz that wouldnt go away with the highest action and neck bow. Also, the string nut was slotted incorrectly. Recently bought a Fender replacement neck that cost more than the whole guitar costs. Im let down because the bass I bought when I started ten years ago is of a higher quality than this. The positives would be the pickups and tuners for a bass in this price range. I think the quality of cheap guitars has slipped in the past ten years though. Recommended if you have a light playing style or crank your amp all the time. Or else the fret buzz will kill you.

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(9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Unrivalled value for money.

By Rickard Brinck

from Sweden

Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Precision Bass:

If you don't have the funds for an American P-bass - buy this bass. Don't even think about a MIM bass, and certainly don't let the Squier logo on the head fool you. If this bass disappoints you, I'll eat all my hats. And I have a lot of hats.
It's a standard P bass. With only one pickup and one tone and one volume knob, the features aren't overwhelming - but it does its job.
This is probably what surprises me most. I bought this bass knowing that it was probably the best in its price group, but it's actually more than that. Down to every detail its better than any Mexican made P bass I've tried. For about half of the price, that is nothing but amazing.
Why doesn't the review star bar go to eleven? Anyway, this is one of the best instruments I've ever bought value for money-wise.

(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

The bass is amazing!!!

By SlapHappy123

from Neillsville, Wisconsin

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Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Precision Bass:

This is my favorite bass to play with (even though I have a MIM Fender Jazz, Yamaha, and Padula). This bass plays so nice! The tone is amazing (do yourself a favor, put some flatwounds on it, AMAZING). If you are looking for a great bass at a great price, stop looking. If you budget is more expensive, pick this bass! I have gotten so many complements on how the bass sounds. My friend has an american made Precision. We tried one at a time through the same amp. You can barely tell the difference. This bass is the best purchase I have ever made!

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Wow..nice feel and sound!

By JSTJEAN

from Greenwood, DE

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Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Tone
  • Solid Electronics

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Recording
    • Rock Concerts
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Precision Bass:

    Unbelievable fit and finish for the price I paid. I though after many years of laughing off Squire products that I would try this low end bass. I was totally surprised and please to hear and see the quality right out of the box. The bass is fun to play and I don't have worry about gigging with a $1200 name brand bass in order to get a decent sound and appearance. Very nice job incorpoarting quality components and finish.

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Squier Modified P-Bass

    By Daniel-eZqhZ

    from Ocala, FL

    Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Precision Bass:

    I bought this bass nearly 4 years ago as a practice bass, and I must say, it has been the best bass I could ask for at that low of a price. There isn't really a whole lot to this bass as far as features. But as far as a straight-up booming bass guitar, you can't go wrong. I would highly recommend this bass as a practice bass for anyone.

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Good.

    By Cameron-6Rezf

    from MI

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    Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Precision Bass:

    I wish all these people would stop saying all the negative things about this bass and other Squires, so what they had a bad experience, that doesn't mean it'll happen to you. I played this at a local Guitar Center and it was nice, I liked it and considered buying it, then I relized I didn't have money and was saving up for a Fender nt a squire, but if I have to get a bass immediately I only have enough to buy that bass or something cheaper and that bass or something cheaper, this one played well and sounded good. So dont write a crumy review ust because you had a bit of bad luck, not all are gonna be bad, you have to play them before you buy.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    great surprise

    By Bassblast

    from falls church,va

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    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Good Pick Up
    • Good Tone
    • Solid Electronics
    • Well Crafted And Finished

    Cons

    • None

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Recording
    • Rock Concerts
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Precision Bass:

    the craftsmanship on the bass i received was very well done. the neck has an excellent finish and made up of one solid piece of maple. the tuners are also of good quality and keep their tune. i received this bass one month ago and held off making any comments until i used it in my regular playing routine. my first venue is playing classic rock this bass cuts very well in the mix the capacitor .o49uf allows you to roll of the tone in a very smooth spectrum it has gradual use. the pickups are the stars here they are very quiet with a lot of headroom and solid punch. the body is agathis which is very light and welcoming for people with back problems like me, but the bass still feels solid. on my other gig which is for a church i can get a very smooth sound and the neck provides a lot of sustain and no dead notes. when playing slower you can hear all the subtleties of this bass that are very clear. i have other more expensive basses but this bass stays at their level. you cant go wrong with this bass.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Monster sound and classic P-Bass feel!

    By GeddySquire

    from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Good Pick Up

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Rock Concerts
      • Small Venues

      Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Precision Bass:

      This is it. If you're searching for a great Precision Bass feel and sound, look no further: the Vintage Modified P-Bass is a monster, and will make you feel like you actually own a Fender (forget about the Squier logo).

      Great playability, great sound, great looks.. This bass has got it all. It can sparkle and get some serious bright sound using roundwounds or get the mellow/dark sound by placing flats: your choice. It gets both types of sound very cleverly thanks to the Duncan Designed Pickup!

      Out of the box, very little adjustments: I set the action a bit lower, changed the strings for a new set and adjusted the pickup to my taste (higher under A and D strings). Even with the lower action, it doesn't buzz at all! But the real surprise came when strapping it up: it's light - in a good way! I can play it for 2 to 3 hours standing and it doesn't kill my shoulders, and it still has good wood capable of some fantastic sounds!

      I'm in love with this bass and I used to be a Jazz Bass player/fan myself! After playing this P-Bass it has become my favourite instrument hands down (I also own a Squier Vintage Modified '77 Jazz Bass - also a great bass by the way).

      Do not hesitate: this bass has it all. Get it, you won't regret!

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Amazing Bass, How Sweet The Sound

      By Ryan-rfZ2_

      from Biloxi, Mississippi

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      Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Precision Bass:

      I've been playing bass for nearly 15 years now and I've played everything from Aguilar to Warwick searching for a bass with the right balance of bottom end with amazing highs. Not until I played this bass did I find that. If your looking for a bass that won't break the bank and will stick around for the long run, this is it.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      It is a P Bass!!!!!

      By Tdub0199

      from Atlanta, Ga.

      Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Precision Bass:

      For the money it is a very nice, playable bass with a good overall sound, had to do a complete set up but thats nothing too uncommon, great bass for beginners and it also makes a great backup or beater bass, I will be using it for my back up to my Fender P Bass

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Amazing Buy

      By AIBKenny

      from Ossining, NY

      Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Precision Bass:

      I've had this bass for a little over half a year. This bass is a great bass to buy. I had a really bad bass before hand, and as soon as I had bought this bass I saw instant improvement. There is a bit of fret buzz when your not playing with an amp, but thats normal for almost any bass. This is a really good bass if your not the best, but past beginner. I would definitely recommend buying this bass.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      A SUPER GOOD BASS FOR ITS PRICE

      By That Guy Right There

      from Bethel, Alaska

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      Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Precision Bass:

      This bass is one of the best basses I have owned so far! I am not that much of a money making guy, I've had this bass for about a day now.. I Love It So Much. It's pretty gnarly just jamming with this bass. Everything just feels right with this bass...

      (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Good bass for the money

      By Jazzmaster Man

      from Baltimore, MD

      Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Precision Bass:

      I bought this bass a few summers ago, I played it at a local GC and was satisfied with the overall quality and price. It's a good bass for a beginner or casual player but I don't know that I'd recommend it for anyone more advanced. I've noticed that it doesn't handle the E or A string all that great, I mean it's definitely passable but does bug me a little cause it doesn't feel really solid when I play them and doesn't have the sustain that the D and G string have. It probably has to do with the light weight of the body. I've tried a few different string types and gauges but the result is the same. I'm gonna try a really light gauge string next to see if that works better. A minor thing but it does bug me.I've also had to raise the action a little higher than I'd like because when I play with my fingers the string sometimes slaps against the frets and makes an annoying "slap bass" type of sound. It makes this sound when I press the string down on the frets too (only when playing the E and A strings). I've adjusted the action and truss rod but I haven't been able to completely fix it. If I turn the tone down low then it's not as noticeable. Aside from these minor complaints it's a good bass for the money, but I'd recommend playing it before you buy so that you know if it's right for you.

       
      5.0

      ROCK SOLID!!!

      By Bad Blues Player

      from Corning, NY

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      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Good Pick Up
      • Good Tone

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Rock Concerts
        • Small Venues

        Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Precision Bass:

        The Squier Vintage Modified series has earned a reputation for high quality instruments for low budget musicians and the Precision Bass is no exception. There is a reason that musicians in all genres of music use this bass. For all its simplicity, this bass can get the perfect tone for ANY style of music. Leo got it right the first time.

        The Squier VM Precision does an admirable job of getting a great P Bass tone without breaking the bank. The pickups are loud and punchy without any hiss or hum. There is a surprising amount of versatility in the single tone knob. You can go from a bright, modern tone to a dark, thumpy, classic tone just by rolling back the tone knob.

        The playability was pretty good right out of the box. I just needed to tweak the action a little at the bridge, but I got a nice set up without having to resort to the truss rod.

        On the down side, this IS a Squier and some things are sacrificed to get you a great bass for a budget price. There are some blemishes on the rosewood fingerboard that look like glue was cleaned off during the fret seating process. (Are frets glued in? I honestly don't know.) It doesn't affect the playability or feel, just the look. My other quibble is the color. I have the Olympic White P bass and I'm not a huge fan of the "Sid Vicious" look. The "natural", maple body is better looking, to me, but I own the VM Jazz bass version in maple and, while it IS pretty, it is also pretty HEAVY!

        So, to sum it all up, the mechanics on this bass are great! The down sides are all with looks, not playability or sound.

        If you are in the market for a P Bass, do yourself a favor and check this one out. This isn't an American P bass level instrument, but for the price, I'm glad I didn't spend the money on a Mexican made Fender.

         
        5.0

        great buy!

        By roads

        from new hampshire

        About Me Novice

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        Pros

        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel
        • Good Tone
        • Looks great

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing

          Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Precision Bass:

          im a guitar player and decided it would be fun to learn bass as well. decided to buy an inexpensive bass for my first one and lucked out with one. has great tone and didnt really need a set up. just tuned it up and was ready to go. as far as looks, it looks great nice bright white paint and has less flaws than my american strat and my gibson blues king sad to say. great buy for a beginner or if you dont have the money to burn on an american.

           
          5.0

          Great Value and Great Bass

          By Rody1069

          from Philadelphia, PA

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

          • Fun To Play
          • Good Feel
          • Good Pick Up
          • Good Tone
          • SOLID
          • Solid Electronics

          Cons

          • Neck Finish

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing
          • Recording
          • Small Venues

          Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Precision Bass:

          I bought my vintage modified Squier about 2 years ago and I'm still enjoying it. Don't let the name fool you, this is a solid workhorse of a bass. I have owned vintage Fender American made basses, Rickenbackers, Epiphones and Music Mans and in my opinion this holds its own against all of them and then some. The bass is very solid and well balanced with a good durable finish on the body. It stays in tune, feels good to play and the pickups sound great. There is zero fret buzz and my action is on the low side which I'm very happy about. I've read other reviews saying the contrary so maybe there is a continuity issue at the factory, glad I got a good one! The one knock I have against it is the finish on the neck is very, very thin and there is no finish that I can detect on the headstock, but some people may dig that. All in all I think not only is it a great bass for the money, but it's a great bass period.

           
          5.0

          Exactly what I wanted

          By None

          from Detroit, mi

          About Me Novice

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Fun To Play
          • Good Feel
          • Good Tone
          • Solid Electronics

          Cons

          • None

          Best Uses

          • Jamming

          Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Precision Bass:

          Better than expected

          (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Amazing Bass

          By Spig

          from Mulberry, KS

          Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Precision Bass:

          This bass packs a punch, it's very lightweight and has a warm tone. The strings wear out a little too quick, but just get some ProSteels and you'll be good for a while. Overall this bass plays very well and can go from a warm sound to a mean growl.

           
          5.0

          fell in love

          By roxstar

          from b-town, vt

          Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Precision Bass:

          I have owned countless fender J and P bases and swore I'd never own a squire....but I was short on cash and so I checked this one out and I fell in love with it. And to be honest I?ve owned fenders that did play or sound as good as this.

           
          3.0

          Under Expectations

          By secretface

          from Cleveland, OH

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          Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Precision Bass:

          Had'nt bought a bass in ten years and needed one for the standard tuning. I picked this up at a store because tonally it sounded better than the others in the price range. After about two months of owning, the neck troubled me to no end. Fret buzz that wouldnt go away with the highest action and neck bow. Also, the string nut was slotted incorrectly. Recently bought a Fender replacement neck that cost more than the whole guitar costs. Im let down because the bass I bought when I started ten years ago is of a higher quality than this. The positives would be the pickups and tuners for a bass in this price range. I think the quality of cheap guitars has slipped in the past ten years though. Recommended if you have a light playing style or crank your amp all the time. Or else the fret buzz will kill you.

           
          5.0

          mmhmm

          By Reedimus

          from Houston, TX

          Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Precision Bass:

          I love this bass! It's sound is amazing with the Duncan Designed pickup's in it. In my opinion, it's better than the Fender Standard P-Bass. I've played that bass many times, and the Squier seems to out do it. If you're thinking about buying it, you should. There will be no disappointments.

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